Marble Falls School Board President Rick Edwards said it best in a recent Tribune article about volunteerism when he noted, “A school district really is a community.”
To paraphrase: It takes a village to keep a school district going.
That is why some Marble Falls Independent School District officials are reminding the community that the services of volunteers are in high demand.
They’re asking parents, patrons, retirees and anyone else who has a stake in the school district to step up and volunteer.
Volunteerism can take many forms, and all of them are crucial to maintaining and improving the quality of the district and the overall educational experience of students.
Whether it’s helping work concessions, assisting in the morning traffic line or reading to elementary schoolchildren, any contribution by a volunteer is important.
While MFISD has avoided the massive layoffs seen at other Central Texas school districts hit hard by state budget cuts, that doesn’t mean Marble Falls hasn’t seen its own share of staffing issues.
As the district struggles to maintain a balanced budget, there have been losses of support staff.
That’s why volunteers are so important. They can take up the slack while at the same time giving back to the community.
For example, the athletic department could use volunteers to man gates, operate clocks or help with concession stands.
And those who have a background in shooting game film or other technology-related work also are welcome to volunteer.
There’s no doubt volunteers have already greatly contributed to the district.
In a recent speech to a local civic club, MFISD athletic director Cord Woerner emphasized fans have been great about donating money, food and other supplies needed for tournaments, which are things spectators might take for granted.
And coaches greatly appreciate that giving spirit.
So do teachers and campus administrators.
Mainly, the Mustangs just want people to know they can be more involved if they want to be.
Those who wish to volunteer can call the athletic department at (830) 798-8345 or specific campuses to learn about opportunities.
The athletic department has budgeted money to pay workers for doing some of the tasks, but if volunteers step forward, the funding goes back to the athletic department to directly help the student-athletes.
That means more savings for the school district.
But the best reward is probably the smile a volunteer’s actions can put on a child’s face.